Day 86: How to survive Valentine’s Day
Tomorrow is Valentine’s day and whether you just broke up with someone, or you haven’t met that special someone yet, Valentine’s Day can have the same effect on you as a red flag has on a bull. February 14th is like a flashing beacon on your calendar, mocking you, reminding you that you will spend the most romantic day of the year alone.
In case you’re feeling a little gloomy, it is time for action. Sitting alone in your apartment, playing ‘Crying’ by Roy Orbison or ‘I Will Remember You’ by Sarah McLachlan, is not going to cheer you up, you need to go out and spoil yourself a bit.
First stop, the florist. Buy yourself the prettiest bunch of flowers you can find, to be arranged later in a nice vase. If cut flowers do not appeal to you, how about a posy? Something with yellow daisies is just the thing to cheer you up.
Next stop, the bookstore. Whether you like romance novels or a good murder mystery, take your time browsing the shelves and get that book you are looking forward to reading.
Final stop, the chocolatier. Forget your diet for a day and pick up some pralines. Select whatever you fancy, chocolates are great to chase to blues away.
Back home take a relaxing bath or shower and put on something comfortable and order take-outs. Whether it is pizza, Chinese or Greek, it is bound to be delicious.
After dinner make yourself a cup of coffee or tea, curl up on the sofa with your new book and keep those chocolates within reach.
In case being alone does not appeal to you, call a friend or two and have a night in. Nothing is more fun than time with your friends.
If you do not want to stay at home, you can go to your favorite restaurant (alone or with a friend) and afterward go to the cinema, the theatre or even a sporting event.
How to survive Valentine’s Day alone is all up to you. Don’t sit around waiting for some guy or gal to make you happy with a gift, give yourself a little something. Today you are celebrating your independence.
Do you need more convincing … just listen to your married friends. They complain about their partner, their children and how they miss their freedom. They envy you. You can do anything, anytime, anywhere. So what are you waiting for? Go for it!